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Conservation Effects Assessment Project

The Choptank River Watershed Project is part of USDA’s nationwide Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP). The Choptank study is a multi-agency effort coordinated by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and NRCS to quantify the environmental benefits of conservation practices implemented on private lands. In-depth watershed-level studies have been undertaken to determine nutrient reduction efficiencies of Best Management Practices (BMPs) such as cover crops, riparian buffers, and water management in drainage ditches. Additional studies will investigate the potential water quality benefits associated with restoring wetlands.

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat.

Overview of the Choptank River Watershed Project (PDF; 1.28 MB)
Innovative Tools for Mapping Forested Wetlands in the Choptank River Watershed (PDF; 673 KB)
Using Remote Sensing to Describe Nutrient Uptake by Cover Crops on Maryland’s Eastern Shore (PDF; 1.21MB)



Jerry Raynor
State Resource Conservationist
Phone: 443.482.2908